The benefits of Moringa Oleifera have been known for millennia, it was highly prized by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians and is now once again being rediscovered by modern science.
So what is this mysterious magical so-called Miracle tree?
Moringa Oleifera is a tree that is native to India but is now being cultivated in Africa, South America and Asia.
Part of the Moringacceae family, the Moringa Oleifera is also known as the Drumstick tree or Horse Radish tree and is highly valued and versatile. Ayurvedic therapy uses it for its range of therapeutic uses such as antifungal, antiviral, and anti inflammatory properties.
The ground dried long green oval-shaped leaves of this plant are a storehouse of nourishment and as an example they can be cooked like spinach or dried for use in soups.
Moringa Benefits and Facts
Moringa is packed full of nutrients and medicinal chemicals; it is rich in vitamins A and C, protein, calcium, iron and potassium and also contains powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, and 8 essential amino acids, a powerhouse of nutrition.
The leaves are the best part of the plant but various parts of the plant are edible, the pods can be cooked or eaten like nuts, the seeds can be pressed for oil, the roots are edible and can be diced up for use as a sauce and the flowers of the tree are like mushrooms.
Potassium, seven times more than bananas
Calcium, four times more than milk
Protein, two times more than milk
Vitamin A, four times more than carrots
Vitamin C, seven times more than oranges
Iron, twenty five times more than spinach
B3, fifty times more than peanuts
Magnesium, thirty six times more that eggs
B2, fifty times more that bananas
On top of the nutritional benefits, Moringa also contains all the essential amino acids for the development and development of the body.
Eight of the amino acids naturally contained in the tree are essential to our bodies for survival but cannot be manufactured by us but are supplied through what we eat or supplements.
Thus far there are no known side effects to the use of the leaves from the Moringa tree.
So it would seem that this so called “Miracle” plant would be a great supplement to incorporate in your diet.
Health Benefits of Moringa
Whilst the modern scientific community are just beginning to check out the benefits of the Moringa tree for physical ailment, the medicinal uses of this plant have been known in myth and folklore by the indigenous people in the areas that the tree is found.
In regions of India and Africa the pods and leaves are regularly eaten.
They believe that the Moringa tree can assist with…
Lowering blood sugar
Reduction of inflammation
The leaves, consumed regularly can boost the immune system, lower your blood pressure also enhancing your mood and digestion. They have also been used to treat ear and eye infections, fevers, anaemia and bronchitis.
To help remedy headaches, treat bladder problems and stomach disorders the oil obtained from the seeds is used. The oil is also used in perfumes. The seeds can be eaten like peas or roasted like nuts or ground into a powder and used for the treatment of insect bites, gout, cramps, boils, arthritis and rheumatism.
For the treatment of urinary problems and as a laxative, the flowers are cooked down and the juice is used. Moringa tea is made from the flowers as this contains antioxidants and flavonoids. For a daily dose of these supplements Moringa tea bags are excellent.
The roots and bark are used to relieve kidney pain and cardiac and circulatory problems, digestion and inflammation. The strength the Moringa properties are higher so care should be taken when using these parts of the tree as medicine.
Based on research there are elements of the Moringa root that can assist improve the function of the kidneys, eliminating the calcium and phosphates that cause inflammation and stones.
Other advantages of Moringa include helping with anti-ageing and rejuvenating dull and tired skin. The antioxidant’s, vitamin C and nutrients in Moringa aid in fighting free radical damage and stabilize collagen that triggers wrinkles and skin tissue damage. It maintains moisture and softens dry skin, conditioning dry and chapped lips.
The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties found in Moringa can treat bruises, sunburn, minor cuts , skin infections and insect bites.
So is Moringa Oleifera really a Miracle Tree?
So to summarize the benefits of Moringa are huge with assorted ways you can get this glorious plant into your life and we believe it is well worth trying.
The leaves (which can be bought in powder form) are full of important nutrients, antioxidant’s, increasing blood antioxidant levels. This can lead to a reduction of blood sugar levels and has anti-inflammatory properties and can possibly lower cholesterol levels.
What more could you ask for from this ‘Miracle Tree’!